Corby MP calls in at village school to join celebrations

Corby MP Andy Sawford, headteacher Emma Tayler, Adam Sherlock, 10, Imogen Dee, nine and Emma Preston-Jones, 10
Corby MP Andy Sawford, headteacher Emma Tayler, Adam Sherlock, 10, Imogen Dee, nine and Emma Preston-Jones, 10
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Corby MP Andy Sawford visited a village primary school to join celebrations after its successful Ofsted inspection.

The MP spent an hour with Hawthorn Class at Cottingham Primary School, which was graded good in an Ofsted report, just four years after being placed in special measures.

Mr Sawford said: “This is a great school. There is a good atmosphere and I was really amazed a the wide ranging discussion we had, from whether Corby needs a toy shop to taxation, Scottish Independence and the Crimea.

“Cottingham has done really well to become a good school and I’d like to offer my congratulations to the teachers, the children and their parents, because everyone has been part of this fantastic achievement.”

Emma Tayler, who joined as headteacher just after the school went into special measures in 2010, said: “Andy’s visit to the school was an exciting occasion for us. The children really enjoyed meeting him and certainly asked him some thoughtful and interesting questions.

“We are also delighted to have made the enormous leap to become a good school in a climate where expectations are being driven up and the framework is becoming more challenging. This success has been down to great effort and teamwork, along with a focus on the quality of the curriculum, teaching and learning. We expect the best from our children - not just academically, but across the board.

“The emphasis we have placed on sport and music, for example, has really helped to build the children’s confidence and self belief, and this makes a real difference. Our Ofsted success is thanks to all the hard work of everyone in the school, but we are not complacent, we will keep working to become an outstanding school.”

The Ofsted report stated: “The school has greatly improved over the last three years, under the strong leadership of the headteacher.

It noted that leaders at all levels, including governors, are doing a good job.

The report went on to say that teachers make lessons exciting and interesting so pupils are keen to learn and that children at the school are polite, behave well and look after each other.